VOLVO SETS A NEW STAN­DARD

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Drive Way -

THE new gen­er­a­tion Volvo XC90 has been at­tract­ing plenty of at­ten­tion thanks to its strik­ing de­sign, in­no­va­tive pow­er­trains and re­def­i­ni­tion of the con­nected in-car con­trol ex­pe­ri­ence.

The car has a dis­tinc­tive and con­fi­dent face. Com­plete with the up­dated Volvo Iron Mark and the sig­na­ture ‘Thor’s Ham­mer’ head­lights, the new XC90’s con­nec­tion to Volvo’s past and homage to the Swedish lifestyle are ev­i­dent in the new de­sign lan­guage.

The XC90 comes fully equipped with the IntelliSafe pack­age as stan­dard, de­liv­er­ing two world firsts: Run-off Road Pro­tec­tion and Auto Brake at In­ter­sec­tions.

The en­tire new XC90 range is pow­ered by four-cylin­der Drive-E en­gines.

The in­tro­duc­tion of Twin En­gine tech­nol­ogy in the XC90, which was de­vel­oped in co­op­er­a­tion with Siemens, sets a new bench­mark in terms of ef­fi­cient per­for­mance in the lux­ury SUV seg­ment.

Volvo Cars has a long his­tory of elec­tri­fi­ca­tion; the first hy­brid con­cept car (the ECC) was pro­duced back in 1992. Volvo Cars in­tro­duced the world’s first diesel plug-in hy­brid in the V60 sports wagon in 2011.

First im­pres­sions from be­hind the wheel make it clear Volvo hasn’t put all of the price pre­mium in its pocket.

The de­tail­ing in­side is ex­quis­ite, from the qual­ity and feel of the ma­te­ri­als to the tiny di­a­mond-shaped im­pres­sions on the tog­gle switches and the crys­tal-like ap­pear­ance of the gear lever.

The three-en­gine range may take some buy­ers a bit of time to come to terms with. The 2.0-litre twin turbo diesel is ex­pected to be the most pop­u­lar choice.

Power is sur­pris­ingly good to the point where you wouldn't know there was such a small en­gine un­der the bon­net. It is a tad noisy but is ea­ger to move.

The 2.0-litre petrol is su­per­charged and tur­bocharged and is a sur­prise packet. Power de­liv­ery is smooth and quiet and, as with the diesel, it works seam­lessly with the eight-speed au­to­matic.

The plug-in hy­brid has V8-like per­for­mance de­spite us­ing the same petrol en­gine, only this time mated to an elec­tric mo­tor for ex­tra oomph.

Ver­dict: The XC90 looks the busi­ness and brings new lev­els of fuel econ­omy and safety tech­nol­ogy to lux­ury SUVs.

The next gen­er­a­tion Volvo XC90.

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